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Heating and Cooling Older Homes for Comfort and Energy Efficiency

February 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

You’ll want to attend this free webinar presentation if you have an older home that needs heating and cooling upgrades, if your old heating system struggles during cold weather or if you want to add central air conditioning for the summer months. We’ll talk about ways you can upgrade your heating and cooling system for more comfort all year round using efficient electric heat pump technology while reducing your use of fossil fuels. You will learn how this technology works, and how we can retrofit it into different types of homes. In addition to hearing about the City of Newton’s HeatSmart program, a builder/renovator will share information about adding insulation to your home with an understanding of the embodied carbon impact of various insulation choices.

Speakers: Philip Q. Hanser, Craig Forman and Rachel White. See biographies below.

Co-sponsored by Green Newton and Historic Newton

Philip Q. Hanser
@The Brattle Group
Dr. Hanser is a principal of The Brattle Group and has over thirty-five years of consulting and litigation experience in the energy industry. He specializes in regulatory and financial economics, especially for electric and gas utilities. Prior to joining The Brattle Group, he held teaching positions at the University of the Pacific, University of California at Davis, and Columbia University, and served as a guest lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago.
Craig Forman
@Green Newton
Craig Forman leads the volunteer team in Newton’s HeatSmart Newton initiative. He holds multiple engineering and business degrees, and he spent most of his career in telecommunications and medical electronics. He was also the chair of Green Newton’s Newton Goes Solar initiative from 2017-2018.
Rachel White
@Byggmeister Design-Build
Rachel White is CEO of Byggmeister Design-Build, a 38 year-old residential remodeling company that is striving to serve as an exemplary steward of homes and prepare them to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Rachel is also board chair of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and a board member of Temple Beth Avodah. She has lived in Newton for 25 years.
Photo by J. Remus on Unsplash


February 4, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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